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Monday, September 30, 2013

Blow Out the Candles September 30

Hall of Fame Whiz Kid, Robin Roberts was born in Springfield, Illinois on this date in 1926. The seven time all-star finished his career with 286 wins. In 1952 Robin racked up 28 wins. Denny McLain (31 in 1968) is the only man to reach this mark since.
"I never slept when I lost. I'd see the sun come up without ever having closed my eyes. I'd see those base hits over and over and they'd drive me crazy."
"You don't have to make a big study of batters beforehand. When I have good stuff I throw four fastballs out of five pitches. When you take up a hitter in a clubhouse meeting, no matter what his weakness is, it's going to end up low and away or high and tight, and the curveball must be thrown below the belt. That's the whole story of pitching. Keep your life and your pitching real simple and you’ll get along."

Phil Rizutto was not the only ballplayer to appear on "What's My Line". In this 1957 episode Mr. Roberts appeared but not as a mystery guest. He has something in common with Forrest Gump.
"When I think of Robin (Roberts), there is definitely one word that comes quickly to mind -- class. He was a class act both on and off the field. He was definitely one of the most consistent quality pitchers of all time, and the way he lived his life was exemplary. Every young baseball player should model their life after  Robin." - Former Philadelphia Phillies owner Bill Giles,"

Brooklyn Dodgers hero Johnny Podres was born in Witherbee, New York on this date in 1932. Johnny won two games in the the 1955 World Series against the rival New York Yankees including a 2-0 shutout in the 7th game. It gave the Brooklyn Dodgers their only WS Championship.
“He gave me a lot of confidence. I remember after the sixth game, Whitey Ford beat us and I said to Pee Wee Reese, 'Don't worry. I'll shut them out.' I was just kidding. But I didn't feel there was any pressure on me. If I beat them, great. If not, I wasn't supposed to, anyway. They were the Yankees. I slept good the night before. The Yankees probably figured I couldn't do it again and the Dodgers had never beaten them, so they weren't worried. Neither was I. There was no pressure on me.”
“A ground ball to Pee Wee, and they weren't Bums anymore.”

Happy Birthday to Fifth Dimension member Marilyn McCoo who is turning 70 today. When she sang the words "I love you Bill, I always will", to her husband Bil(ly) Davis Jr., she really meant them. Marilyn and Billy celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary this past July. Congratulations!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blow Out the Candles September 29

Three time NBA Champion and current Bulls VP of Basketball Operations  John Paxson is celebrating his 53rd birthday today.

Here's the shot he's most remembered for:

"Great Balls of Fire"!!---Jerry Lee Lewis is celebrating his 78th birthday today.
The Million Dollar Quartet

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Blow Out the Candles September 28

Hall of Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr is celebrating his 51st birthday today.

Awards and honors
Named to NHL Second All-Star Team in 1982.
Stanley Cup championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990.
Canada Cup champion in 1984, 1987.
Named to NHL First All-Star Team in 1988.
Won Vezina Trophy in 1988.
Won William M. Jennings Trophy in 1994 (shared with Dominik HaĊĦek).
Played in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989 NHL All-Star Games.
In 1998, he was ranked number 70 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
His #31 was retired by the Edmonton Oilers on October 6, 2001.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

French model, actress and animal right activist  Brigitte Bardot is celebrating her 79th birthday today.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Blow Out the Candles September 27

Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky was born in Portland, Oregon on this date in 1919.
“When you win you eat better, sleep better and your beer tastes better. And your wife looks like Gina Lollobrigida.”
Ted and Johnny

Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt is celebrating his 64th birthday today.

Career highlights and awards
World Series champion (1980)
1980 World Series MVP
12× All-Star (1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981,1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989)
8× National League Home Run Champion (1974,1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986)
4× National League RBI Leader (1980, 1981, 1984, 1986)
10× Gold Glove Award winner (1976, 1977, 1978,1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986)
6× Silver Slugger Award winner (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986)
3× NL MVP (1980, 1981, 1986)
5× NL Player of the Month (April 1976, July 1979, May 1980, August 1981, July 1982)
1983 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
4 home runs in one game (April 17, 1976)
Philadelphia Phillies #20 retired
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
Major League Baseball All-Time Team

"I don't think I can get into my deep inner thoughts about hitting. It's like talking about religion."
"If you could equate the amount of time and effort put in mentally and physically into succeeding on the baseball field and measured it by the dirt on your uniform, mine would have been black."
Canadian musician Randy Bachman is celebrating his 70th birthday today.
"Every night we all felt grateful to be there, stunned at the amount of people that are there, and stunned at their reactions. They go crazy; they know every lyric from eight years of age to eighty. It's unbelievable."

Singer, actor, writer, producer Shaun Cassidy is celebrating his 55th birthday today.

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